Abhay Singh Chautala
|Leader of Opposition, Haryana Legislative Assembly|
October 2014 – March 2019 
|Succeeded by||Bhupinder Singh Hooda, INC|
|MLA, Haryana Legislative Assembly|
|Assumed office |
|10th President of Indian Olympic Association|
5 December 2012 – 9 February 2014
|Preceded by||Vijay Kumar Malhotra (as acting president)|
|Succeeded by||Narayana Ramachandran|
|Born||14 February 1963|
Chautala, Punjab, India
(now in Haryana, India)
|Political party||Indian National Lok Dal|
(m. 1987; died 1988)
|Relations||Chaudhary Devi Lal (grandfather) |
Ajay Singh Chautala (brother)
Dushyant Chautala (nephew)
|Father||Om Prakash Chautala|
|Residence||Sirsa, Haryana, India|
Early life and education
He was born in Chautala, Sirsa and studied at the S.M. Hindu Senior Secondary School, Sonepat. He acquired his bachelor's degree in arts from Haryana agricultural university, Hisar. A sports enthusiast, he has represented the state eight times in national volleyball championship and won numerous medals.
Chautala has been active in politics since his schooling days but he officially began his political career by contesting an election for the membership of Chautala village Panchayat and serving as its upsarpanch (deputy chief) for one term. He came into political limelight in the year 2000 when he won from Haryana's Rori Assembly constituency on INLD ticket with a record number of votes. While representing the constituency, he fulfilled his promise of opening an engineering college, which had been constructed in Panniwala Mota under the name of Jananayak Chaudhary Devi Lal Memorial College. In 2005, he was elected the President of the Zila Parishad, Sirsa and is currently holding that position. In 2009 he won the by-election from Ellenabad state constituency. In 2014, he was re-elected as MLA and joined the Vidhan Sabha as the leader of opposition. During the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he was lauded for his leadership and organizational skills for leading INLD into winning 2 MP seats despite the strong Modi Wave. As an MLA, he was instrumental in the infrastructural, educational and sports development of his state.
Abhay Chautala has been the torch bearer of sports development in Haryana. He introduced a new policy which had significantly boosted sports and games in the state. The policy provides for sports quota reservations for government jobs and educational institutions. It provides for diet allowances for sport professionals and lucrative prizes for international medal winners. Abhay Chautala has set up rural stadiums and coaching institutions in various parts of the state. As a result of his successful endeavours in the field of sports he was elected for various leading positions at reputable sport organisations.
Positions held in sports organisations
|President||Haryana Olympic Association||2016-till date
|President||Haryana State Athletic Association||2013-till date
|President||Haryana State Boxing Association||2000-till date|
|Chairman||Indian Amateur Boxing Federation||2012-2016|
|Patron in Chief||All India Tug of War Federation||2008-2014|
|President||Indian Olympic Association||2012-2014|
|President||Indian Boxing Federation||2001-2012|
|Chef-De-Mission||Indian Contingent, Guangzhou (China) Asian Games||2010|
|Member||Organizing Committee, Commonwealth Games-2010 Delhi||2010|
|Vice-President||Asian Boxing Federation||2004-2011|
|Vice-President||Indian Olympic Association||1991-2012|
|President||Haryana State Volleyball Association||1991-2000|
|Secretary General||Haryana State Volleyball Association||1985-1991|
Women empowerment programs
A believer of equal stature for women, Abhay has extensively worked to empower them. He propagated the right to education for girls with the launch of 'Shrimati Haraki Devi Memorial College for Women,' where meritorious girls are provided fee concessions along with free lodging. He also introduced the scheme that provided free transportation facilities to girls travelling from nearby villages to educational institutions. It was his encouragement that led an activation participation of girls in sports, which was earlier dominated by men.
Abhay Singh Chautala is the youngest son of Chaudhary Om Prakash Chautala and Shrimati Sneh Lata. He married Supriya in March 1987, who died on 11 November 1988 under suspicious circumstances at the age of 19. Later, he married Kanta Chautala and has two sons, Karan Singh Chautala and Arjun Singh Chautala.
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